Disclaimer: The following is more of a brain fart than a seriously considered bit of reasoned discussion. Which doesn't make it any less the way I feel about it.
A couple of years ago I posted something about how political discourse had become a bit like watching aliens trying to communicate with each other. It's not like we're speaking different languages; it's more like we're lucky when we recognize what each other are using is language.
You think I exaggerate? Really? Tell me how the fuck this guy gets elected to hold office anywhere with schools and indoor plumbing. There are people in Georgia who voted for this guy. And what's worse is that this little speech will probably get him more votes in the next election. But hey...I don't live in Georgia and he's somebody else's problem.
Then there's the current appeal to the "common" man; Vote for me because I'll never make you feel stupid! How that's a selling point is beyond me, but apparently, it's working.
There is, however, some good news (of a sort). For the last few years I've been at a loss to understand the sheer toxicity of right-wing hatred toward Obama. I mean, a lot of those people really fucking hate Obama. I'm not talking about how a lot of people hated Bush or Clinton or Bush. Nixon hatred wasn't even in this league.
The Right has absolutely lost its shit since the day Obama was elected and there's no hope of them getting it back. Hell, they haven't even been looking for it! They're absolutely giddy with the level of abhorrence they have for Barack Obama.
Since I'm a hopeless optimist, I can't just chalk it up to racism. Sure, there are a bunch of people who refuse to make peace with the fact that there's a black man in the White House. But I don't think they're a large enough percentage to account for how much the GOP hates Obama.
No, the answer is now clear to me. THE GOP HAS GONE TOTALLY FUCKING INSANE.
You doubt me? Well, it was fun watching Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann try to outcrazy the field, but I don't think anyone ever gave them strong odds of getting the nomination. And we were all right -- but did any of you ever think Rick Fucking Santorum would be a serious contender? Really? Santorum? Holy Shit! He's in a two-man race with Romney* and the GOP are out of their fucking minds.
And since, against all reasonable predictions, Santorum is making a real challenge, is it beyond imagination that he could somehow become the GOP nominee? And if they're insane enough to nominate him, is America insane enough to elect him?
I don't think there's a chance in hell of that happening, but I thought he'd be sitting home in Pennsylvania by now, not in a two-man race for the GOP nomination. So, what do I know?
Which brings us back to the good (of a sorts) news. I can finally empathize with those people who despise Obama so much. Because if Rick Fucking Santorum ever gets elected to the Presidency, I'll be making today's Obama vitriol sound like 2nd-grade playground repartee.
The Mitt-ster isn't any great bargain himself. The fact that conservatives think he changes his principles to suit his latest audience cuts both ways. I doubt the guy has any bedrock convictions, but we've had Presidents like that before, so he'd just suck as opposed to presaging the end of the world.